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There are just four games on tonight’s slate, with the Wild, Panthers and Canadiens skating in the second half of back-to-back games. The Panthers are coming off a particularly brutal loss after giving up two goals in the final minute of regulation, while the Wild are coming off an impressive 3-0 win against the league-best Tampa Bay Lightning. Montreal suffered a 5-2 loss in San Jose despite outshooting the Sharks 39-25.
NJD @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
MIN @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
WPG @ CAR – 7:30pm EST
MTL @ ANA – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s FanDuel lines cashed, and two of the three DraftKings lines cashed while the other was a bubble lineup. As I wrote in chat, I played a mix of Kucherov/Leddy and Kane with Namestnikov/Sorensen; the Kucherov/Leddy version was the bubble lineup, while the Kane versions as well as the other cash line posted cashed.
In general, it was a very disappointing night for the big stars. Sidney Crosby may have scored an empty-net goal but he had just two shots and one block through the first 59 minutes of the game against a very beatable opponent. He came away with 18.4 FanDuel fantasy points and 5 DraftKings fantasy points, but the performance snapped a five-game multi-point streak. Jack Eichel had almost a shockingly quiet night, especially when you consider that Buffalo scored four goals. He came up with zero points but registered five shots and one block for 9.6 FD FP and 3.2 DK FP (he scored in the shootout as well). Leon Draisaitl was a DraftKings lock for me, and I ended up playing him in FanDuel as well, but he had a frustrating night. First, his line (EDM 2) scored, but he didn’t get an assist on the play; then he missed an empty-net goal at the end of the game. He still managed an assist and four shots for 14.4 FD FP and 4 DK FP, but I had much higher expectations for him. Fortunately, Zack Kassian came through with his fourth goal in as many games, finishing the night with 3.5 DK FP, which was solid value for his $2,800 price tag.
But Kassian wasn’t the only value play that came through. Jared McCann continued his strong play with an assist, three shots and a block for 14.4 FD FP and 4 DK FP. Also, Victor Mete managed two shots and three blocks for 8 FD FP and 2.5 DK FP. Brandon Carlo’s hot streak ended as he managed just three shots for 1.5 DK FP (still just 0.5 DK FP less than Brent Burns, though), but Alex Edler had another massive game. He registered five shots and four blocks and scored a goal for the second night in a row, coming away with 26.4 FD FP, which was phenomenal value for his $4,000 price tag. The other defenseman used in posted lines was Nick Leddy, who recorded an assist, two shots and two blocks for 4 DK FP. Nikita Kucherov recorded five shots but was held off the scoresheet along with the rest of his team, leaving him with just 2.5 DK FP. Patrick Kane, however, tallied two assists, four shots and a shootout goal for 6.2 DK FP. Timo Meier scored a goal on three shots and added a block for 18.4 FD FP, while Peter Cehlarik and Filip Zadina were held to just one shot on goal. Brayden Schenn continued his strong play with two assists, three shots and one block for 6 DK FP, and Marcus Sorensen scored a goal and an assist for 5.5 DK FP. In net, Thomas Greiss picked up a 4-2 win, making 35 saves and coming away with 32 FD FP. Andrei Vasilevskiy, on the other hand, got no goal support from his team in a 3-0 loss; he gave up two goals on 29 shots but was very chalky given his price tag, which softened the blow of his contribution of just 3.4 DK FP.
(Note: The stats below are from multiple DraftKings lineups).
Nicklas Backstrom (FD: $6,600; DK: 6,400)
Nicklas Backstrom loves playing the Devils, and the Capitals will look to take advantage of a reeling Devils club that has been terrible on the road this season. Backstrom skates on Washington’s second line and first power-play unit and has three goals and an assist in two games against New Jersey this season after scoring three goals and nine points in four games against the Devils last year. Backstrom has points in four out of his last five games, scoring three goals and seven points in that stretch.
FanDuel: Sebastian Aho ($7,700), Aleksander Barkov ($7,600), Eric Staal ($6,400), Adam Henrique ($4,400), Lars Eller ($4,300), Joel Eriksson Ek ($3,700), Jordan Weal ($3,300), Eric Fehr ($3,200)*
DraftKings: Sebastian Aho ($7,400), Aleksander Barkov ($7,200), Eric Staal ($5,600), Lars Eller ($4,100), Jordan Staal ($3,500), Joel Eriksson Ek ($2,900), Eric Fehr ($2,600)*, Jordan Weal ($2,600)
*Points in three straight games
Alex Ovechkin (FD: $9,000; DK: $8,000)
Alex Ovechkin has 46 goals this season but could have well over 50 by now if Washington’s power play had been remotely decent this season. Even so, he has a very favorable matchup tonight at home against the Devils, against whom he has recorded one goal and three points in two games this season. Ovi has points in nine out of his last 10 games, scoring eight goals and 13 points in that span. He skates on Washington’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 19.7 FanDuel fantasy points and 5.4 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season.
Blake Wheeler (FD: $8,300; DK: $6,900)
Blake Wheeler is incredibly inexpensive on DraftKings tonight but is worth considering across the industry given how productive he has been in recent games. Specifically, Wheeler has goals in three straight games and points in seven straight, scoring six goals and 13 points in that stretch. Wheeler skates on Winnipeg’s top line and top power-play unit and has averaged 25.1 FanDuel fantasy points and 6.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game during his current seven-game point streak.
Value Play — Ryan Donato (FD: $3,600; DK: $3,800)
Ryan Donato has thrived since coming to Minnesota in a trade. He has split his time on the first and third lines as well as on the first and second power-play units, but he skated on the top line and top power-play unit last night against Tampa Bay and could very well have the same assignment tonight as the Wild take on the Panthers. Donato has points in six out of his last eight games, recording two goals and nine points. He is averaging 14.4 FanDuel fantasy points and 3.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game with Minnesota and is a cash lock for me on both sites tonight.
I also really like Troy Terry (FD: $3,500; DK: $2,700) tonight, especially on DraftKings. He has points in back-to-back games (one goal, four points) but has a tough matchup tonight against the Canadiens. Terry skated on Anaheim’s third line and first power-play unit the other night against St. Louis, tallying three assists and one shot for 26.1 FanDuel and 6.5 DraftKings fantasy points.
FanDuel: Brendan Gallagher ($7,300), T.J. Oshie ($6,700), Nino Niederreiter ($6,400), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,300), Justin Williams ($6,000), Jakob Silfverberg ($5,400), Jason Zucker ($5,100), Jakub Vrana ($5,000), Tom Wilson ($4,900), Andre Burakovsky ($3,700), Carl Hagelin ($3,500)
DraftKings: Brendan Gallagher ($6,800), T.J. Oshie ($6,200), Patrik Laine ($6,200), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,100), Nino Niederreiter ($5,200), Jason Zucker ($4,600), Jakub Vrana ($4,500), Brett Connolly ($3,900), Jordan Greenway ($2,900), Carl Hagelin ($2,800), Andre Burakovsky ($2,800)
Jacob Trouba (FD: $5,200; DK: $4,800)
I may spend down on defense again tonight, but it might be worth getting some exposure to Winnipeg’s top power-play unit through Jacob Trouba, who is reasonably-priced on both sites. He scored a goal and an assist in his most recent game and has provided a relatively stable floor of late, tallying 18 shots and 10 blocks in his last eight games.
Value Play — Victor Mete (FD: $3,600; DK: $2,700
He came through last night, so for value I have no issue going back to Victor Mete. Mete has seen time on Montreal’s power play, though Claude Julien changed up the power-play units in last night’s game, which left Mete out of the mix. However, Mete skates with Shea Weber at even strength and registered two shots and three blocks for 8 FanDuel and 2.5 DraftKings fantasy points last night. If you need a punt, he’s a decent option, especially on DraftKings.
Brett Pesce ($3,600) is another value option worth considering as he has points in three straight games, earning 9.6, 15.2 and 19.2 FanDuel fantasy points and 2.5, 4 and 5 DraftKings fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He’s not a consistent floor play and is definitely a punt on tonight’s slate, but he could prove to be a low-risk, high-reward play if he grabs an assist.
FanDuel: John Carlson ($6,500), Keith Yandle ($5,800), Ryan Suter ($5,300), Jared Spurgeon ($5,000), Aaron Ekblad ($4,600), Tyler Myers ($3,900), Brad Hunt ($3,500)
DraftKings: John Carlson ($6,200), Keith Yandle ($5,600), Jared Spurgeon ($5,100), Ryan Suter ($4,600), Aaron Ekblad ($4,500), Tyler Myers ($3,800), Dmitry Orlov ($3,400), Nick Jensen ($3,000)
Goalies will be discussed in chat once additional confirmations have been made. However, I expect Braden Holtby (FD: $8,900; DK: $8,400) and Carey Price (FD: $9,100; DK: $8,100) will be the popular cash plays of the night, with John Gibson (FD: $7,300; DK: $7,100) being a potential GPP option.
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